While I don’t post a lot (time, time, time), I do read all of the blogs found on the right side of this page (plus about 30 more not published). I really try to at least track the “conversations” in education and educational technology. Every couple weeks I also wander around YouTube a bit, just to see what the “people” are buzzing about for the moment.
A couple weeks ago I ran across this video of a student jumping from a balcony at his school onto a large Christmas tree. I guess the kid was suspended or maybe even expelled for endangering his life and those around him (it was a crowded area with potential for injury). I started reading the comments (which turned into a conversation about why there was even a Christmas tree at a public school). Finally, I looked at the video comments (where people can respond to a video with videos of their own). This video is an interview with the “jumper” featured in the original. The interviewer asks if the infamous stunt was a political statement (it wasn’t) and then asks if he had a video sharing site in mind when he decided to make the plunge. Guess what, he did. He watches YouTube every night and wanted to be a participant.
What a perfect example of Web 2.0 through the eyes of a teenager. Whenever I talk about Web 2.0 in one of my presentations or workshops I tell them the students are already using many of these technologies and if could just harness those skills and use them for good instead of evil (not really evil in the biblical sense of course), then we could really make some progress preparing our students for the world that awaits them. As it is, most students have absolutely no guidance online. No one telling them how to act appropriate, no one telling them how to act professionally. What do have is stupid people tricks.
This video has been viewed over a million times and has over 6000 comments. I think he got what he wanted and learned a life lesson that makes his school punishment irrelevant. And over a million people think he’s the bomb.
2 thoughts on “YouTube Proves It”
I do see a huge problem with kids growing up online. Most of us learned how to behave around people by face to face relationships and in the presence of parents and other role models before the online thing became so huge. Now some kids are actually communicating more in an online environment than in person. Another major problem with this is kids don’t get the immediate response of the person they are talking with – they don’t see the facial expressions and reactions after they say something hurtful, or something nice for that matter. Anything we can do to teach kids how to act online is necessary in this era. And in my opinion, anything we can do to ecourage kids to actually meet with each other and play with each other outside of the online environment is needed.
I have to agree with my man Corey Krengiel on this issue. I grew up going over to my friends houses to see if they wanted to go do something, or if I was lucky I could call them and their parents would put them on the phone so we could talk briefly about our plans. It wasn’t until I had a car that I was able to have a cell phone to get in touch with my friends or family. Now I’m not saying that because we grew up without chatting online often makes us better or smarter than the kids today, but I feel that maybe in this day and age, there is a certain detachment between people. Possibly due to the convenience of computers. But then again, I think it really says something when a student lives on YouTube after school and in order to be noticed decides to jump off a building. Hopefully that student will choose to go do something proactive the next time he’s allowed out of the house, especially after all the attention he’s already gotten.